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Mercedes-Benz crashes record for most expensive car sold at $142M

These wheels of fortune are turning in Mercedes-Benz’s favor.

The German automotive brand confirmed that it has sold a luxury car for a mind-boggling $142 million (135 million EUR), shattering the previous record for the most expensive vehicle ever sold.

“We [wanted], with one single act, to demonstrate the power of the Mercedes brand,” said their chairman, Ola Källenius, in a statement following the closed invitation auction on May 5 at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart, BNN Bloomberg reported. The event was held in collaboration with car auction firm RM Sotheby’s.

The automobile in question was an ultra-rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, one of only two ever manufactured. Mercedes hasn’t divulged the buyer’s identity; however, the auction reportedly featured around a dozen bidders with multiple Swiss-Italian, English and US Mercedes-Benz collectors being floated as possible purchasers.

Of the nine 300 SLR cars made, there were only two
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The Rearview Mirror: The Car That Begat Automotive Safety Laws

In 1969, the last Chevrolet Corvair is built. America’s only mass-produced car with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, its sales plunge after Ralph Nader alleges the car was an unsafe deathtrap in his book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

1960 Chevrolet Corvair Deluxe 700, the car’s upper trim level.

Whether it was or not is open to debate. But Nader’s book led to a push for auto safety, resulting in the passage of National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act. Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, they were the first federal laws dictating safety requirements in automobile and highway design, and the first of many. If anything, this is the Corvair’s true legacy.

A secret leaks

Call it an oops.

The news leaked on April 11, 1958. General Motors was planning to build a small car at its Willow Run

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BlackBerry, Tesla and Autonomous Car Safety

At BlackBerry’s analyst summit this week, a great deal of time was spent on the company’s secure QNX operating system, its IVY platform for software management on cars, and other tools and utilities designed for the next generation of personal transportation.

This conversation can’t happen soon enough. A growing concern of mine is that automobile companies don’t yet seem to fully understand the risk they are taking with platforms that aren’t secure enough for products tied to human transportation and safety.

Having someone hack your phone or PC is bad, but having someone hack your car could be deadly. So when the industry is talking about putting apps in cars, safety and security should be a far higher priority for many of the automotive OEMs than it seems to be.

Granted, many of these companies are using, or planning to use, QNX for the operation of their cars, relegating Android

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